Jibarito

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Jibarito
Jibarito.jpg
A jibarito made with grilled chicken
Type Sandwich
Main ingredients Plantains, garlic-flavored mayonnaise, meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes
Cookbook:Jibarito  Jibarito

The jibarito (pronounced hee-bah-ree-to), a specialty of Puerto Rico, is a sandwich made with flattened, fried green plantains instead of bread, garlic-flavored mayonnaise, and a filling that typically includes meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato.[1][2] The original jibarito had a steak filling, and that remains the usual variety, but other ingredients, such as chicken and pork, are common.

History[edit]

Chicago restaurateur Juan "Peter" Figueroa[1] introduced the jibarito at Borinquen Restaurant, a Puerto Rican restaurant in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, in 1996,[1][2] after reading about a Puerto Rican sandwich substituting plantains for bread. The name is a diminutive of Jíbaro and means "little yokel".

The sandwich's popularity soon spread to other Latin-American restaurants around Chicago, including Mexican, Cuban and Argentinian establishments, and jibaritos now can be found in some mainstream eateries as well.[3]

Related sandwiches[edit]

Other Latin American sandwiches served on fried plantains predate the jibarito. They include a Colombian cuisine specialty called a patacones and a 1991 invention by Jorge Muñoz and Coquí Feliciano served at their restaurant, Plátano Loco, in Aguada, Puerto Rico.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Saga of a sandwich. Chicago Tribune, June 18, 2003.
  2. ^ a b Zeldes, Leah A. "City of the Big Sandwiches: Four Uncommon Chicago Meals on a Bun". Dining Chicago. Chicago's Restaurant Guide. Retrieved Sep 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ First look at Graham Elliot's Grahamwich. Chicago Tribune, December 15, 2010: "And it was damn near impossible with the jibarito; thin-sliced fried plantains were never intended to endure such treatment."
  4. ^ Plantano Loco